I remember reading Peanuts when I was younger, and I didn't realize how depressing it was until years later. Now that I remember it and Sin City, I realize they both go together in some morbid way. You've done that nicely here.
You've managed to carry out Miller's style of coloring only a few things and leaving the rest black and white. Oh, and the way other things (particularly Sally) are left in the shadow? That's a nice touch, a very nice tribute to Miller. Excellent job on making the three of them look older and more gritty, especially Charlie Brown. Man, it's like looking at him some years down the line after he's realized the horror of his existance. And of course, the narration just screams MSB (Miller Style Brooding). Excellently carried out.
So overall, I love this. Sin City, while certainly over the top, is still interesting, and especially fun to try out for different things like this. Time to check out the next one.
This is too Good. I love Peanuts, and, I love Frank Miller's art from way back, both His images, and, writing! You've got it as good as possible, without being Frank Miller, and the mix is great, to.! This would make a great graphic novel/homage to both creators. Consider it, if You will, as this brought Me lots of laughs, and mindflips!
I seen the article where they compared you guys, I don't see how anyone could think you were ripping from him other than the black and white theme. At least yours has dialog and a purpose, the other is just a cyborg type pic with no emotion or story. This is one of the coolest pics I've seen in a long time, good job.
Great job here, man- I bet Schulz and Miller themselves would give you a pat on the back for this awesome tribute --- "I love comic books and I love anime. Its kind of like being in a crack house with no money.- Samuel L. Jackson
Actually, that "hack" comment came from an enthusiastic fan of mine who I have spoken to and who regrets getting a head of steam over this. You are in no way a hack, nor do I think you have in anyway been influenced by my work. Your parody is great! More power to ya.
All I am going to say is this: I am a full-time student getting my doctorate with very little time for much else. That time is usually devoted to reading and drawing. An occasional movie doesn't hurt.
Being a self-taught artist, I work almost exclusively with pre-existing characters and most of my art is fan art that I can't make a profit from. As such, I require a lot of outside input: people telling me what to do, sending me scripts, ideas, etc.
The two most influential being my friends, Mark Pellegrini and Jean Luc Pham. Mark and I conceived of a "Peanuts Z" manga parody a few years ago after an amusing internet conversation.
It was a modest hit.
Jean Luc Pham pitched the Frank Miller-esque "Schulz City" idea. I asked him if it was ok if I run with it, since I think he did such a good job with the parody.
We're not here to steal people's ideas: Mark's work was a strict parody of Peanuts based on the "Loonatics" cartoon that was causing such a stir at the time. Pham's idea is a parody of Miller's work in the same way one may see Inspector Gadget hard-boiled parodies on DeviantArt as well.
Unoriginal? Yes, in the sense that parody stems from a source. But we're not here to plagiarize or publicize: in fact, we can't. We're not even here to make a series, just this stand alone work. We're here to create art: some to laugh at, some to appreciate, some to marvel at. We cannot turn a profit nor do we choose to.
If we garner more press than people who have tried similar concepts, then ask the people such as MTV's blog as to why they chose our piece instead. I honestly have no clue.
Furthermore: the similarities between "Weapon Brown" and what we have done are restricted to the use of negative space. If we were to do a satire of Sin City, then it's natural that we use Frank Miller's style. That's not a "rip-off": that's an intent. MTV's blog makes this clear:
"Created by deviantART member Ninjaink, the humorous two-page story 'That Yellow Shirted Such-And-Such' (a nod to the “Sin City” story 'That Yellow Bastard' blends Schulz’s insightful wit with Miller’s signature grit. A hulking Marv-like Charlie Brown’s introspection has descended into full-on brooding, Linus’ philosophical nature is replaced with smug bravado and Sally’s stubbornness is redefined by an adult sexuality. All of the details that made 'Sin City' brutal are present and accounted for."
So no, I am not a "hack", who "feels the need to copy Frank Millers' style too, instead of having one of [my] own," as someone posted on Joseph Lisner's site. I'm the artist illustrating a funny story that relies on that particular style to achieve its effect.